It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything–I was hoping to do a tour of our mostly local Thanksgiving feast last weekend, but it didn’t happen. Mostly because I swore a lot at the turkey and the turkey roasting pan trying to get it into the oven on time for the rest of the supper! However, there is always next year (and always Christmas!).
So, today I was at the Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market picking up some of my weekly veg, and I remembered I was almost out of apples. So I stopped by the Vista Bella Farms table (who, by the way, has continued to have amazing produce throughout the year) and took in, once again, their absolutely amazing variety of apples. In fact, Sebastian and Brenna farm over 47 types of apples, besides three pear varieties, five plum varieties, and peaches (and that is just the fruit–not forgetting tomatoes). A few weeks back, I had picked up some Snow apples from them which had been great for making apple crisp, and I’ve been taking them in my lunch for the past while as well, but I wanted to try something different.
So, I grabbed a bag of the Liberty variety because I was feeling particularly optimistic (how can freedom not be optimistic?) and headed home.
This apple is amazing. Perfectly crunchy, not too sweet but not too sour, nice red skin colour, and beautiful white colour on the inside. Just the way I like my apples! According to some of the websites I’ve read, the Liberty apple is best for eating (and eating fresh–I’ve read they’re really good for about 2-3 weeks), whereas the Snow variety is good for juicing, eating, or baking, and can be stored for 2-3 months in the right conditions. Right now, I think a lb. of apples cost me $3.50 at the farmer’s market, which was totally worth it.
Growing up in Alberta, I was totally oblivious to the sheer number of apple varities that are grown around the world, not to mention right here in Canada. The fact that Vista Bella Farms grow close to 50 kinds of apples just blows my mind! Out of all the things I love about fall (and there are many!), I’m looking forward to discovering the differences between all these apples that are almost growing right in my back yard.
So, what’s your favourite kind of apple, and why?